There is now solid scientific evidence to show that sugar and highly palatable foods can be just as addictive as drugs of abuse. Food cravings can make it very difficult to follow a healthy diet, especially if you want to lose weight. To learn more about Food Addiction watch Carolyn’s talk The Psychology of Food & Overeating presented at a Low Carb Down Under event where she describes the research done on Food Addiction.
The fastest and most effective treatment for eliminating food cravings and overcome comfort eating, in her view, is a technique called Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping). EFT/Tapping (a.k.a. Psychological Acupuncture) is an evidence-based technique used to reduce activity in an area of the brain called the Amygdala. This area acts like the smoke-alarm for stress. Dr. Peta Stapleton, Associate Professor of Psychology at Bond University, gave a TED Talk on EFT/Tapping where she describes her research using EFT to treat food cravings and also demonstrating the technique. Dr. Stapleton describes some of the published trials using EFT for food cravings and weight issues in her Research Spotlight series. Carolyn has undertaken advanced training in EFT/Tapping with Dr. Peta Stapleton.